India, Sufiyan Ismail Khatri, Geometric Freedom Silk Scarf
A modern expression of geometric freedom in Ajrakh.
Traditional Ajrakh is known for complex intricate patterns that embellish the surface of the fabric.
While the composition here reveals simple spaces of grids composed with at rectangular-surface blocks, with very sparse usage of traditional ajrakh motifs in the border areas to create a subtle contrast in geometry.
A further visual texture with dyes in the vibrant color tones of indigo, fermented iron and alizarine, is created with a careful variation of pressure applied at each tap of the block onto the fabric while printing - sometimes gentle, sometimes rm - establishing a nuanced movement of mood and tone.
The product is made in Kachchh, India in my Ajrakh workshop using traditional Ajrakh techniques of resist-printing and natural dyeing.
Time taken to make: 12 days
Size: 55 cm by 200 cm